Rosacea Temperature Extremes
Extreme heat and cold are also triggers of rosacea and are difficult to do anything about. Both temp extremes cause dilation of blood vessels often leading to visible red veins on the face.
With cold weather, if you go outside wrap a scarf as high up around your face as possible and don’t forget heavier balm (waxy) type moisturiser.
Too much indoor heat can also cause a flare-up, especially if you are near a stove or fireplace for any length of time. Saunas, steam rooms and hot showers are also to be avoided. When showering turn down the temperature and avoid turning the spray directly onto your face.
After showering if your skin feels tight use an oil based serum eg. Finca Type 1 Serum to put back in the oils into your skin which very warm/hot water can remove leading to tightness and redness of the face. Check out page on How Finca Rosacea Cream Works
Read our blog on 10 Tips to Control Your Rosacea This Winter to find out more
Rosacea: How Weather Affect You
Sun exposure is a major cause of rosacea. But there are some things you can do to limit it as a rosacea trigger. First of all use spf of 30 minimum. Look for a non chemical sunscreen.
One which uses zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as a physical sunscreen rather than chemical sunscreens which can irritate already sensitive skin.
Finca Skin Organics High sfp Tinted Suncreen uses zinc oxide and only has seven ingredients so its clean formulated especially for very sensitive skin types such as rosacea.
Then apply (and reapply) as often as every hour. It’s like playing a game of ping-pong, the UV light is the ball, and your physical sunscreen is the best paddle to hit it away. Wear a hat with a wide brim. Use the sun visor at all times when travelling in your vehicle.
For Tips And Advice On How To Stay Cool In The Heat for more information on how to stay cool.
For strong winds use a balm (a waxier, heavier type of moisturiser) when outside This is particularly true for men who work in traditionally male environments eg building sites or farms.
They really need to protect their skin before rosacea develops further, as men can develop more severe forms of rosacea if it is not controlled.
Humidity levels can drop in Winter and our skin can become as dry as the desert. This leaves our skin prone and open to the dreaded rosacea roughness and redness. Humidity is simply the amount of water vapour in the air and is measured in % terms. Ideally humidity should be between 40 and 60%.
In Winter in Northern Climates, we put on the central heating and the air in our homes begins to dry out. Humidity levels can drop down to as low as 20%. If we have rosacea skin particularly type 1 rosacea we will begin to feel the effects often before we see them.
Our skin feels tighter than normal and this tightness is a sign of lack of water and oils in our skin. What can we do about it? Dry (low humidity) air will draw the moisture out of your skin leaving small cracks on the skins surface. Its important then to step up your moisturising regime.
A good rich moisturiser helps slow down water loss across the skin surface.
I have been monitoring the humidity in my room over the last several weeks using a hygrometer I bought, to find that in these winter months it has been low (i.e. in the high teens or low 20's). ''I bought a humidifier 2-3 weeks ago, and have been keeping the humidity between 35-45. I have seen a significant improvement in my facial redness, and my face does not seem as irritated as before.'